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2013: The Year of Living Ukiply

  • January 01, 2014
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It can be safely said that 2013 was not a year in which the British political class covered itself in glory as far as the great immigration ‘debate’ is concerned.

On the contrary, in the last twelve months Britain’s politicians – with the support of some the most unscrupulous and dishonest newspapers in the western world...

Who Likes the Daily Mail?

  • December 03, 2013
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Readers of this blog will know that I’m not a massive fan of the Daily Mail.   And if I keep returning to it, that’s because the cursed thing is impossible to ignore.   It squats there in the centre of British public life with its 4.3 million readers like a giant toad,   a...

The Case of Isa Muazu: a Study in Barbarism

  • December 01, 2013
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In terms of people who matter in the eyes of this government, Isa Muazu ticks very few boxes.   He is Nigerian.     He is an ‘illegal immigrant’,   a ‘visa overstayer’, and a   ‘failed’ asylum seeker – a category which is generally considered by the public to be synonymous with ‘liar’.

He is...

Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent

  • November 29, 2013
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It’s been more than a year since my last book Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent came out, and it has yet to receive a single review in any mainstream publication in the UK.

I’m sure I don’t need to remind any readers of this blog that immigration is a ‘hot’ political topic, and that...

Death In Lampedusa

  • October 05, 2013
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The full death toll from the capsized boat carrying an estimated 500 migrants to Lampedusa will probably never be known, but with more than a hundred bodies recovered so far, and others still coming in, it is already one of the most shocking tragedies in the history of Europe’s lethal   anti-migrant maritime borders.

While bodies...

Who killed Jimmy Mubenga?

  • July 13, 2013
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Last week’s verdict of unlawful killing at the inquest into the death of the 46-year-old Angolan deportee Jimmy Mubenga in October 2010 is a huge victory for his family, and a blow to the institutional indifference that had previously threatened to cast this horrendous episode into legal and historical oblivion.

Mubenga died on the runway at...

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